love really is blind when it comes to physical flaws, it would seem.
Research suggests that we view our loved ones through rose-tinted glasses that overlook the crooked
noses, bulgingtummies or other attributes that might put others off.
As a result, husbands and wives think their other halves are more attractive than they really are.
The phenomenon could help explain some apparently physically mis-matched couples such as the glamorous
Beyonce and Jay-Z, the strikingLara Stone and David Walliams, or the statuesqueSophie Dahl and the diminutive
The ‘positive illusion’ theory comes from researchers who asked 70 couples to rate their other halves for
Questions included how attractive their husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend was to the opposite sex, and how
they rated compared with others of the same age. The answers were kept confidential to prevent any partners taking
Some of those taking part also rated photos of their partners. In addition, members of the public judged the
looks of all 140 men and women taking part.
The results revealed that couples view their other halves as being better looking than they really are.
Even asking them to rate pictures of their partners did not give them a reality check, the Journal of Social and
Personal Relationships reports.
With previous studies finding that we view our loved ones as being kinder and brainierthan they actually are,
it does seem that love is blind in all sorts of ways.
Those studied were relatively young and had been together on average for just two and a half years.
The researchers said that more work is needed to see if those in long marriages are still blind to their partner’s
的劳拉 斯通和喜剧明星大卫 威廉姆斯，或雕像般完美的索菲亚 达尔和矮小的杰米 克拉姆。